Euroleague Fantasy Basketball Picks – Roosevelt’s Playbook Friday November 23rd 2018

Looking for help with your Euroleague lineups? In Roosevelt’s Playbook we provide our recommended plays for DraftKings for today’s Euroleague event!

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Welcome to day 2 of round 9 of Euroleague action! This week, we have two rounds of Euroleague action in 1 week as opposed to one. I didn’t play on Thanksgiving, however, I did play on Wednesday. I was profitable, but it could have been so much more than that. My main lineup went off and shot up to the top of the rankings in every tournament, including the big $10 tournament. However, I didn’t realize it but one of my elite plays Adam Hanga was ruled out. I ended up finishing with a 140.5. Had I known he was out I would have swapped to Kevin Seraphin which would have had me finish at 160.75 which would have gotten me 2nd place in several tournaments and netted me over $220 profit. Such is DFS life.

If you have questions, the best way to reach me is within our Facebook group The DFS Masters.

This group is the only place I answer individual questions about events. You can also leave a comment at the end of this post if it’s a general question about the sport and building lineups in general. However, if it’s a lineup specific question, the Facebook group is really the best way to reach me as I’m constantly checking the daily discussion thread on Euroleague within the group. I typically don’t see questions or comments posted to the blog until I go to write my next article.

For anything else, you can contact me on Twitter.

How I Rank Players

My rankings are based on the following criteria

  • Floor, ceiling and average fantasy points scored compared to salary
  • Floor, ceiling and average fantasy points scored over the last 4 games.
  • Domestic league production (Flashscore Basketball has the scores and box scores to all the Euroleague games as well as most of the individual domestic leagues that each team plays in. I check the box scores for each Euroleague team for their most recent domestic league game. The only league they don’t have box scores for is the Greece Basket League. However, you can get the box scores from their site directly.
  • Key injuries and educated guesses as to who will get more playing time and production.
  • Odds to win for each team.
  • Implied point totals for each team.
  • Opposing Position Ranks
  • Ownership Percentages in previous DraftKings Pull-Up Jumper GPP

I don’t rank any given criteria higher than the other. I look at it as a whole and then make my picks based on the entire picture. Each player is then given one of three categories. If they aren’t listed in any category that means I don’t recommend that player as a play for that given week.

Here are the categories:

Elite Plays – Elite plays are players who I expect to do very well on this slate. They are great plays to build your cash lineups as well is your GPP lineups and they are the pool of players that I start building all my teams around, attempting to fit as many of them into my lineups as possible.

Good Plays – Good plays are players who I believe will do well on the slate. However, I typically have some concern with them that prevents them from being an elite play. Maybe they have a solid floor but don’t have as high of a ceiling. Or maybe they have a high ceiling but not a solid floor. Maybe they might be playing hurt or playing in a bad matchup. This is the next tier that I go to when building my lineups. If the floor is solid I will play good plays in my cash lineup. However, if the floor is not solid, I will reserve these plays for GPPs only.

Fair Plays – Fair plays are players that I think have the potential to exceed their value, but they also have the potential to be a complete bust. I will NOT play a fair play in a cash lineup. They will only be played in a GPP lineup.

Finally, full disclosure, I currently only play GPP contests on DraftKings at this time. I don’t play cash games. However, what I do is I create one “cash game” type lineup. I then take that lineup and enter it in half of the entry spots for every GPP contest that I am playing on the slate. The other half of my lineups are individual lineups that I build as “GPP game” type lineups.

Here’s my chart illustrating odds to win, implied totals and opposing position ranks:

Here are the players that I like on today’s slate:

Zalgiris Kaunas

Elite Plays

  • Nate Wolters G $11,300
  • Antanas Kavaliauskas F $5,600

Good Plays

  • Brandon Davies F $9,400
  • Aaron White F $7,600
  • Thomas Walkup G $6,000

Fair Plays

  • Edgaras Ulanovas F $5,800
  • Arturas Milaknis G $5,400
  • Leo Westermann G $4,900

Khimki Moscow

Elite Plays

  • Alexey Shved G $14,700

Good Plays

  • Anthony Gill F $9,200
  • Jordan Mickey F $8,900
  • Tony Crocker F $8,100
  • Stefan Markovic G $6,100

Fair Plays

  • Dee Bost G $7,800
  • Malcolm Thomas F $6,700

Buducnost

Elite Plays

  • Earl Clark F $9,600

Good Plays

  • Alen Omic F $8,600
  • Coty Clarke F $8,000
  • Nemanja Gordic G $6,800
  • Danilo Nikolic F $5,300

Fair Plays

  • Edwin Jackson G $7,400
  • Nikola Ivanovic G $6,300

CSKA Moscow

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Sergio Rodriguez G $10,800
  • Will Clyburn F $10,600
  • Cory Higgins G $10,500

Fair Plays

  • Nando de Colo G $10,300
  • Kyle Hines F $7,500
  • Othello Hunter F $7,300
  • Alec Peters F $6,900
  • Joel Bolomboy F $5,100
  • Nikita Kurbanov F $4,700

Saski Baskonia

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Vincent Poirier F $10,100
  • Tornike Shengelia F $9,100
  • Matt Janning G $8,300 (Downgrade to Fair if Granger plays)
  • Marcelinho Huertas G $6,600 (Downgrade to Fair if Granger plays)

Fair Plays

  • Luca Vildoza G $6,400
  • Darrun Hilliard F $5,900
  • Ilimane Diop F $5,200
  • Shavon Shields F $5,000

Panathinaikos

Elite Plays

  • Nick Calathes G $12,500

Good Plays

  • Deshaun Thomas F $8,200

Fair Plays

  • James Gist F $7,100
  • Matt Lojeski F $5,900
  • Stephane Lasme F $5,700

Barcelona

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Thomas Heurtel G $9,900
  • Ante Tomic F $9,700
  • Kyle Kuric F $9,300
  • Adam Hanga F $6,200 (Unexpectedly missed last game double check status before lock)

Fair Plays

  • Chris Singleton F $8,700
  • Kevin Pangos G $7,900
  • Victor Claver F $6,700
  • Kevin Seraphin F $6,500
  • Jaka Blazic F $5,100

Olimpia Milano

Elite Plays

  • Mike James G $13,900
  • Vladimir Micov F $11,000

Good Plays

  • Jeff Brooks F $8,400

Fair Plays

  • Arturas Gudaitis F $9,500
  • Curtis Jerrells G $6,500
  • Dairis Bertans G $6,400
  • Kaleb Tarczewski F $6.300

Good luck!

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